VICTORY… Iraqi Forces Defeat al-Sadr –Rally Against al-Sadr!

A HUGE VICTORY IN IRAQ

Iraqis Rally For Iraq!

A demonstrator holds a picture of Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki during a protest in Diwaniya, 180 km (112 miles) south of Baghdad March 29, 2008. About 200 demonstrators held a rally to support the military operations in Basra and Maliki’s government, in Diwaniya on Saturday. (REUTERS/Imad al-khozai)

Iraqi Forces defeated the Mahdi Army in Iraq.
MSNBC reported:

BAGHDAD – Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Sunday ordered his fighters off the streets nationwide and called on the government to stop raids against his followers and free them from prison.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki issued a statement calling the order “a step in the right direction” towards resolving six days of violence sparked by operations against al-Sadr’s backers in the oil-rich southern city of Basra.

Al-Sadr’s nine-point statement was issued by his headquarters in the holy city of Najaf and broadcast through loudspeakers at Shiite mosques.

Bill Roggio has more on the victory.


Demonstrators chant slogans during a protest in Diwaniya, 180 km (112 miles) south of Baghdad March 29, 2008. About 200 demonstrators held a rally to support the military operations in Basra and Maliki’s government, in Diwaniya on Saturday.
(REUTERS/Imad al-khozai)

Ed Morrissey says the media lost… again.

The Iraqi Prime Minister went down to Basra during the fighting.

Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (L-front) shakes hands with tribal members in Basra March 29, 2008. (Iraqi Government Office/Reuters)

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